Grades 2 - 8
Your favorite video games come to life in StemQuest. Conquer all of the challenges you’ve faced, but without the video screen!
Campers who crave the need for speed are required to participate in this energizing camp program. Teams of campers work together during multiple hands-on creative activities to design, build, and race rolling objects. Prepare to design and build the tallest, fastest, and most durable marble roller coasters, before releasing your marble in super-speedster fashion down the tracks. Huddle up with your counselors and devise a plan to have your rolling objects jump over as many towers as possible without knocking them over. Get creative and build your very own balloon-powered speedster bot and navigate it around and crash it through various obstacles. Finally, try your best to conquer and complete the dreaded super loop for extra excitement!
Grades 2 - 4
StemQuest Jr: Star Wars BB-8 Adventures takes STEM to a galaxy far far away. This program combines all of the highlights from the latest Star Wars movies, specifically the newest droid, D-0 and the rest of the popular bots, which are certain to excite your rising 2nd through 4th grade camper! Each day, teams of campers (Squads) work together, with encouragement and guidance from their Jedi counselors, to customize droid-like robots and complete various Yoda engineering challenges. Throughout the week, campers will dunk intergalactic basketballs into mini hoops, play BB-8 battleship, and joust in the balloon popping droid arena. Each challenge presents the campers with hands-on building and engineering lessons to help make their bots jump up ramps, roll through tunnels, and bounce over barriers. Star Wars BB-8 Adventures offers a friendly and collaborative environment that encourages teamwork, sportsmanship, and positivity - all while helping campers to become active participants with today’s most applicable, exciting, and new technology.
Grades 2 - 4
StemQuest Fortnite extracts the thrills from the video screen and delivers the gaming experience directly into a live setting (without the video screen!). Fortnite has opened up a whole new world of fun for kids and video game enthusiasts, but now it is time to bring that excitement into the physical world of STEM. The Fortnite Island presents campers with a variety of head-to-head challenges where campers will learn to use sophisticated rolling bots, mini foam ball launchers, and jumping drones to simulate the video game battles. Each “Squad” is comprised of a team of campers who work together to establish and defend their “Base” against the other Squads of campers, but beware of the shrinking storm, the Volcano, and Viking Village. The ultimate goal is to earn points, gather resources, and explore new maps and terrains. Code your rolling bot to land on a portal and teleport around the block strategically to catch rival Squads off guard and establish alliances in order to bring the Counselor, Giant Mech to its knees.
Grades 5 - 8
If you like playing Mario Kart on your console then it’s time to get your hands off the controller and onto real robots. This is the camp program that brings Mario to life! Throughout the week campers enjoy endless building and racing challenges (without a video screen!). Robots on the ground are cool, but are you ready to take your ground bot skills into the water? How about determining the best way to design and create twists and turns to build the fastest coaster? This program provides all the summer fun a camper may handle as participants rotate through a variety of thrilling activities. Campers dive right in to a program that requires teamwork, flexibility and creativity, not to mention a hands-on building of structures that include: bridges, beams, arches, trusses, and suspension bridges. StemQuest: Mario Kart Coaster Racing presents an abundance of both indoor and outdoor activities that include a unique combination of engineering, building, and robo-racing. Campers will use their engineering skills in combination with trial and error to construct the fastest marble roller coaster, design the most agile waterbot, and develop the most durable land rovers.
Grades 5 - 8
Rob is the founder of Drobots Company, a nationwide program for kids and teens. The focus of the company is to integrate drone and quadcopter technology with a STEAM application. Rob has nearly twenty years in the summer program industry and has built and expanded technology, sports, and traditional summer camps. Rob holds a BA from Amherst College and is fully committed to building leadership skills and a positive, friendly learning environment for all Drobots Company participants both in and out of the classroom.
Joe has been teaching math for 23 years, from grades 6 all the way through college calculus. He loves working with technology and "geeks out" at all of the newest technological advancements. Joe has enjoyed being an instructor for Drobots at Summer at Park for several years now and has found it to be an enriching opportunity for both him and the campers. He lives with his wife and two children and spends his time coaching high school football after camp is done for the summer.
Josh has taught science at the Rivers School since 2002. In addition, Josh coaches boys’ Middle School ice hockey and serves on the Leadership Committee. Before coming to Rivers, Josh taught at Milton Academy. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from University of New Hampshire and a B.S. in biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This will be his third season working with Summer at Park and his fourth summer with Drobots.